|I came back to this awesome note on my easel!|
Anyway, as we all are well aware, maternity leave can't last forever and mine has sadly come to an end. While I LOVE my job, I also LOVE my little guy so leaving him is such a bitter sweet thing. Luckily, I also LOVE my class (let's see how many times I can say LOVE in this post...)
I went back last Friday, the day before winter break, and I want to share with you a little math project I did that was standards based but still kept the interest of the students long enough to complete in one day.
I found this awesome website called WorksheetWorks.com There is a special section in which you input words, and the machine spits out ordered pairs to create those words. It is basically like a hidden picture but this time using letters. Since graphing ordered pairs on a coordinate plane is a 5th grade standard, it was perfect!
So what I did was take some common phrases that the kids would know. Things like:
The Pledge of Allegiance
To Infinity and Beyond
Don't Worry, Be Happy
It was a terrible, horrible, no good...blah blah blah
And typed them into the coordinate grid plot generator. The generator says that it is best to use 3 to 4 words, so that is what I did. Setting the grid to 20 x 20, I made 32 different plots, that when put together, created these sayings. The one for the Pledge was 11 pages long. The Buzz Lightyear quote was 2 pages long. Some were 3 pages, some were 4, some were more.
I created a class one, that said "HELLO" as a sample. We did that one, step by step, together.
Then, the kids set out to decipher the messages. This was REALLY hard for some students. Once they were all done though, the kids had to figure out who their part of the message matched with. They really had fun doing that!
Here are some of the final products.
|This group actually glued a second sheet of paper onto the first so that all three panels would fit together.|
|This is just part of the quote from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day|
And, even though my maternity leave is over, I am glad to be back in the classroom, and writing on my blog. I did miss the daily interaction I had with you, reader. Thanks for hanging in there with me during my absence.